Hon Helen Morton MLC

Hon Helen Morton MLC

Former Minister for Mental Health; Disability Services; Child Protection

    Record number of young achievers recognised

    16/04/2015 12:00 AM
     
    • 43 awards of up to $4,000 for outstanding young people
    • Minister presents 2015 Perth Airport Achiever Awards 
    A record number of young West Australians have been awarded prizes totalling more than $56,000 to help pursue their career paths, at the 25th anniversary of the Perth Airport Achiever Awards.
     
    Child Protection Minister Helen Morton today presented awards to 43 aspiring young people, aged 15-25 years, who have been in the care of the Department for Child Protection and Family Support, and are pursuing further education or training.
     
    "The award winners have confronted and overcome major challenges at a very early age and their dedication, tenacity and commitment is proof that if you have every intention of realising a positive future, it will happen," Mrs Morton said.
     
    "They are building on what they have achieved and inspiring all of us along the way. I thank all the winners for sharing their journey with us."
     
    Jayden Hamersley from Halls Head, Mandurah, won the Ida Curtois Inspiration Award, which recognises a young person who has made an important contribution to their community.
     
    Jayden, studying a Bachelor of Science majoring in Psychology and Human Resources Management, received an extra $1,000 for his role in fundraising and leadership as he has represented his school at national and international events.
     
    Since the awards expanded in 2010, more than $250,000 in prize money has been awarded to more than 160 young people.
     
    This is the sixth year the awards have been supported by Perth Airport. The company's executive general manager, Fiona Lander, said:  "These young people are inspiring and courageous, having overcome a range of personal challenges and making the commitment to further study."
     
           Fact File
    • The Perth Airport Achiever Awards are supported by Perth Airport, Edith Cowan University, The University of Western Australia, The University of Notre Dame Australia, Curtin University, Central Institute of Technology, Challenger Institute of Technology, Polytechnic West, RTRfm 92.1, Scitech, Woodside, Karri Valley Resort and the Leeuwin Ocean Adventure Foundation 
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